Monday, July 13, 2015

Recap: Nets 76, Cavaliers 75

The Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers gave the fans in UNLV's Cox Pavilion an exciting conclusion to Saturday's action at the 2015 NBA Summer League. Brooklyn's Markel Brown sank two of three free throws with two seconds remaining in regulation to flip a one-point deficit into a one-point edge in a 76-75 decision.
The game featured eight lead changes and three of those came in the final 2:01 of play. Brooklyn's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was responsible for the first of the trio with a dunk at 72-71, while the other two occurred within one second of each other in the final seconds.
Cleveland appeared to have sealed the game with a pair of free throws by D.J. Seeley with three seconds on the clock until Brown was fouled on a 3-point attempt a second later. Brown received the ball in the right corner and fired up an attempt. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, the referees ruled that Joe Harris fouled Brown in the act of shooting.
Brown's shots from the charity stripe didn't end the excitement, as Harris missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Nets led by as much as 10 points in the first quarter only to see the Cavaliers outscore their opposition 49-31 beginning with three seconds left in the opening stanza through the end of the third. Brooklyn owned the fourth with a 21-12 advantage in scoring.
Brooklyn was paced by 16 points by Ryan Boatright and 15 more from Rondae-Jefferson, the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Brown chipped in 11 points, while Willie Reed registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Cleveland got a double-double from Jerrelle Benimon, who combined 12 rebounds -- 11 of which were on the defensive end -- with 11 points for the feat. Seeley also had 11 points in the losing effort.
Both squads will have Sunday off before returning to action Monday afternoon. The Cavaliers will face the Milwaukee Bucks at 1:00 p.m. PT in the Cox Pavilion, while the Nets take on the New Orleans Pelicans at 1:30 p.m. PT next door in the Thomas & Mack Center.

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